Art parties are joyously messy fun for both kids and parents, and the summer months are a fab chance to do a little en plein-air painting. Take your paintbrushes, sponges and mini Monet’s outside and watch the creativity craze begin. When your “starving artists” need snacks and treats—we’ve got those covered, too. Flip through for 11 ways to host an inspiring outdoor art party.

Makin’ Tracks

Whether zipping around on a two-wheeler, training wheels or a tricycle, "bike track painting" is lots of fun and you'll have a unique (and BIG) piece of art to show for it!  Rebekah of The Golden Gleam set up a long canvas in her driveway, poured different colored blobs of paint along it, then let her daughter pedal away. Good to Know: Rebekah says it's best to use washable paint so it doesn't stain your driveway.

photo: Rebekah via The Golden Gleam


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— Helen Walker Green